When Should You Be Concerned About a Mole?

Moles are skin spots present at birth or acquired during life. Factors such as genetics, sun, exposure, and significant life events such as pregnancy can affect mole development. When do moles become more than a simple cosmetic problem? Your dermatologist at Academy Dermatology and Laser Center, Dr. Ronald Johnson, will examine suspicious moles in Colorado Springs, CO, to determine if they indicate cancer.

When Should You Be Concerned About a Mole?

More often than not, moles are non-cancerous. Normal moles generally have symmetric features. Signs that you need to check out your moles in Colorado Springs, CO, at your dermatologist's office include:

  • Asymmetry
  • Uneven borders
  • Non-uniform colors
  • Diameter larger than 6mm
  • Evolving

If you have moles presenting the above signs, seeing your doctor immediately is vital. These signs might indicate melanoma. Early diagnosis is crucial in treating his type of cancer and your doctors can help detect it on time. Other signs to watch out for around your moles include itching, bleeding, and new moles that appear after age 30.

Mole Removal

The mole removal procedure shouldn't take too long and you can get it done at your dermatologist's office. You can request a mole removal if you simply don't like how your mole looks or if they make you uncomfortable when they rub against your clothes or get caught on your jewelry. Your dermatologist may also recommend removing a suspicious-looking mole. In that case, further testing may be necessary to determine if the mole is cancerous and if you'll be needing further treatment.

Removing your mole won't hurt because your dermatologist will first inject the area with a numbing agent. Mole removal may be by surgical excision or shave. A surgical shave helps remove smaller moles and doesn't need suturing afterward, while a surgical excision for removing larger moles needs sutures. After removal, your dermatologist will send the mole to the lab for testing.

Call (719) 590-1800 to schedule an appointment with your dermatologist, Dr. Johnson of Academy Dermatology and Laser Center, if you have suspicious-looking moles in Colorado Springs, CO, that need examination and removal. Your dermatologist can help identify melanoma in the early stage for timely and effective treatment.